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Essential Supplies for 1Ls

January 21, 2019

 The complications of law school seem never-ending. Luckily, staying organized doesn’t have to be an issue. Here are some of my favorite ways to stay organized and prepared to be my best every day:


1. A Solid Planner



A firmly believe a planner is the key to success in law school. It is so important to have one place to write all of your assignments, due dates, review sessions, TA hours, professor's office hours, application deadlines, club meetings, and everything else that goes with enrollment in law school. I got mine from Jane. There are a lot of independent sellers on there who will customize the planner for you. 


2. A Reusable Water Bottle

You will forget to drink water. It is so inevitable, I can't even count the amounts of times I almost forgot to eat too. Briefing cases, reading supplements--it is all very time-consuming. It can be easy to fall down a rabbit hole of an intricate subject. Having a solid water bottle is the key to staying awake in class, staying awake while you study, and ensuring you do not turn into a case book prune. I really like S'well water bottles. They are great for both hot and cold drinks. You can have your morning coffee or tea, and then load up on water. 


3. Highlighters and Sturdy Tabs

Do you remember the little animals that helped Cinderella get ready for the ball? Well your  highlighters and sturdy tabs act as the same little helpers. They will help to get you ready for your exams. My favorites are pictured above. I purchased both on Amazon. The highlighters are light enough in color that you can still read the highlighted text, and the tabs are very sturdy.


4. Extra Electronic Chargers



You will panic, when you look up from reading a 50 page case and see that your laptop is dying, and you can't find your charger. Always keep extras on hand.  I either keep mine in my backpack or hidden under my books at my library carrell.

*Pro tip: It never hurts to ask the people at the library desk if they have a charger. More often than not they will have extras! 


6. Composition Notebooks




I think the last time I used composition notebooks prior to law school was the third grade. But don’t underestimate the power of these little books. They are perfect for briefing cases in, taking notes, and generally keeping your life together. I love how sturdy they are and how they may be purchased in various colors to organize them by subject. 



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